Gifts for Good: Six Last Minute Presents that Help Others

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Posted on 12/23/2013

Procrastinating doesn't make you a bad person. And just in case you want to do something extra to prove it why not give a gift that does good? These ten last minute presents help others while spreading cheer.

Set Free Christmas Cards
Instead of just another gift for the person who already has everything, donate your money to Set Free Alliance. No matter what size your donation, they'll send you a Christmas card that you can give to a loved one explaining that the donation you made in their honor is providing basic necessities for 575 children just released from slavery in India. Learn more at setfreealliance.org.


Five Ducks
Give five ducks, a goat, two chickens, or whatever animal you please to a loved one. Of course they won't receive the animal, they'll receive the knowledge that your gift supported someone in need through World Vision.


Charity Gift Certificate
While you may be passionate about saving wolves your loved one may want to help dolphins. Let them choose their charity of choice with charitygiftcertificates.org. You can even attach a video greeting to your ecard to make it more personal.


Feed an Elephant
Let a loved one feed an elephant for a day at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. You can donate any amount, but a $30 gift also includes a biography of your chosen elephant, a photo of your new friend, a certificate and a subscription to the organization's newsletter.


UNICEF Support
Give an inspired gift through the UNICEF app. Choose between items like a baby scale, a first aid kit or a basic family water kit. Buy them directly through the app and gift them to your loved one.


Help for Homeless Kids
Whether your budget is $10 or $500 there are many ways you can help homeless kids while giving a powerful gift to a loved one. Ten dollars feeds a homeless child for a day, $35 gives them cozy bedding. Visit covenanthouse.org to buy your gift and thanks to a generous donor your tax deductible donation will be matched until the end of December.


By Alison Storm


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